It’s Time To Go Through Your Open Door – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 03.03.2019

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In the pivotal moment when the Lord broadened the scope of the Gospel to include the Gentiles as recipients of the Holy Spirit we find a powerful lesson. God has opened a door for us and has invited us to walk through it. It is a door to freedom, to a calling, to a life full of meaning, and to a hunger for the things of God. A flood of evil is here in our generation, and if we will not bear the cross and receive in the name of Jesus the power to touch this generation we will regret it for all eternity. We must be thirsty for the faith and strength that only God can provide us. Lord help us to see the door and to walk through it for the glory of your name! Raise up laborers for the harvest that is due to the King of Kings in this generation.

So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Then Peter answered, “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

Acts 10:30-47

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Lustful Pray-ers – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.24.2019

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There is a harvest in this generation that God deserves waiting for us to press in and to cry out for it. Are we seeking first the Kingdom of God? Can we say that there is not strife and division in our ranks? Are we fully surrendered to the will of God? Jesus will always be faithful. He knows what is best for us in all cases. God has given us a calling to seek Him and His righteousness. Are you not tired of fighting in your own strength? Are you not tired of the powerlessness in the body of Christ in this generation? Are you not tired of the onslaught of wickedness? Turn your prayers and seeking to the Kingdom of God. Surrender all at the foot of the cross and receive the free gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit. Lord help us! We believe for the miraculous salvation of many millions. Raise up your people and send forth laborers into the harvest!

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not comefrom your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

James 4:1-10

The Mark Of The Godly – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.10.2019

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Malachi writes that in the last days the hearts of the children will turn to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers will turn to the children. Acts 15 records how Paul viewed Mark as unfit for service. Paul’s zeal led him to break with his friends, and he wasn’t able to extend grace to Mark. Over the course of his walk, Paul encountered Timothy, his spiritual son, and the Lord continued to transform Paul’s heart. Finally, toward the end of his life, Paul calls upon Mark to be brought again as valuable for ministry. The tenderness of God and the mercy of Christ had taken hold of his heart. When Jesus wants to move in our lives, He will continue to present opportunities even when we fail. We must press in to the Lord now and ask for our hearts to be turned to those around us. If you have ever written someone off or been written off by someone, then today is the day of reconciliation!

“For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this,
Says the Lord of hosts.


“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,

Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Malachi 4:1-6

What Difference Can I Make? – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 02.03.2019

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The burden of God must come into our heart the way is came into Nehemiah’s. The walls are down physically, morally, and spiritually in our nation and in the lives of so many. Brothers and sisters when you ask if you can make a difference please remember that what matters more is what difference God can make. There must be a rediscovery of the promises of God in our generation. If we will continue to close our eyes and ears to the plight of the lost – even in the church – then we will be abdicating our obligation to obey the Lord that His will should be done. We must accept responsibility and cry out to God! The name of Jesus will be lifted up. Will we be the ones to do it or will our faithlessness and cowardice lead to victories for the deception promulgated by the enemy. God forbid!

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.

It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”

For I was the king’s cupbearer.

Nehemiah 1:1-11

Pushing Back This Present Darkness – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 01.27.2019

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We sow what we reap. We sow later than when we reap. We sow more than what we reap. New York now openly celebrates infanticide in a flagrant way. This is one more horrifying extension of the original lie: because we are created in the image of God we can determine right and wrong. Spiritual wickedness is responsible for the deterioration of our moral standing. We must understand the nature of the darkness we are facing and the power of God to transform each and every situation at every level. We must come home to the Lord at this time or risk being swept aside by this torrent of darkness rather than being part of the standard that God will raise up against it. God is not mocked, but he is longsuffering. Many think that they are getting away with grievous offenses against the Lord. Many others have fallen to the delusions perpetrated in this generation. Jesus strengthen our faith! Transform our hearts and minds! Prepare us for what is to come!

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

Acts 2:38-41

Finding Purpose In Your Storm – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 01.20.2019

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God leads us through storms, and He also leads us into them. Often a storm arises because of a failing to heed the Word of God, and as a society we cannot avoid reaping what we have sown. In the beginning days of our faith, like the disciples waking Jesus, we accuse God when we encounter a storm, especially one that we don’t understand. Lord give us the faith we need to endure and to provide an example, a powerful testimony, for this generation. Will we help others through their storms despite being adrift in our own? Will we shrink back and think only of ourselves as our natural inclination calls us to do? There is a purpose in the storm that we will face that is larger even than the ones we are facing in our own lives. Pray. Ask God for a word to prepare us to stand in faith. He is faithful!

Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.

But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.

Acts 27:20-25

 

When Favor Asks For Faith – Pastor Carter Conlon – Times Square Church – 01.13.2019

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Sometimes God’s favor comes to us before we have faith. God’s favor came to Moses, Gideon, and Israel before they believed that it could. Perhaps in this moment too there are so many crying out to the Lord that He will move in our midst to favor us so that we can reach a lost generation. This favor from the Lord is not for our fame, power, or glory, but for the sake of the name of Jesus and for the sake of others who need to be saved. Will faith be our response? Will we obey His word? Will we press in to see what God would do in our lives through this favor? Do not be taken aback when God moves even despite our lack of worthiness and faith. Lord strengthen our faith at all times, even if it follows your favor. There is a harvest for the Lord in this generation, and only God’s favor can facilitate it. Jesus help our unbelief!

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”

‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.

‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”

Ezekiel 36:22-38